East Central Division

Davis Dorrough Davis Dorrough, NCTM
Davis Dorrough, NCTM, is an independent piano teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio. His past service includes National Certification Commission chair and the MTNA conference planning committee; Oklahoma State vice president for auditions and competitions, theory chair and IMTF chair; and Central Oklahoma MTA president and treasurer. Davis relocated to Ohio in 2020 and was honored as an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2022.
“Innovative leadership that focuses on engaging the next generation of MTNA members is more crucial than ever before. I believe MTNA can evolve while continuing its tradition of impacting thousands of teachers and students nationwide and beyond, he says.”


Yeeseon Kwon Yeeseon Kwon, NCTM
Yeeseon Kwon, NCTM, is pianist and associate professor at Roosevelt University. Specializing in andragogy, she also provides remote and in-person group and applied adult instruction at the Northwestern University Music Academy. Yeeseon is the column editor for “Books, Materials, and Music” for the Piano Magazine and a course contributor for A Pianist’s Guide to Teaching in Groups, from The Frances Clark Center Teacher Education Courses. She is vice president of the College Music Society and immediate past president of the Illinois State MTA.
“I value the East Central Division’s network, support of music educators and artists, and promotion of MTNA’s community engagement in sustainable ways,” she says


Eastern Division

Mary Lynne Bennett Mary Lynne Bennett, NCTM,
Mary Lynne Bennett, NCTM, is on the piano faculty at Duquesne University, serves as co-advisor of the MTNA collegiate chapter and runs an independent studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Mary Lynne is a past president of WVMTA and PMTA and is treasurer for PMTA. She has served as an Eastern Division Certification Commissioner and on other committees for MTNA.
“Service to MTNA has been a priority thanks to fantastic mentors and colleagues who have contributed so much to my own teaching knowledge and pedagogical philosophy,” she says.


Hendry Wijaya Hendry Wijaya, NCTM
Hendry Wijaya, NCTM, holds a doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is the piano department head of the Westminster Conservatory of Music. Named a 2019 MTNA Foundation Fellow, Hendry has served as president of New York and New Jersey MTAs, independent music teachers forum chair, state conference chair, and on the MTNA nominating committee.
“MTNA fosters a supportive environment where music teachers can collaborate and enhance their teaching skills while exploring their leadership potential. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve as a liaison between your state and MTNA at the national level, ” he says.


Northwest Division

Theresa Bogard Theresa Bogard, NCTM
Theresa Bogard, NCTM, is a dynamic, versatile performer and educator. Her early career focused on performances of music by women, and she continues to include works by underrepresented composers in her varied programs. A Steinway Artist, she has performed on five continents. Her recordings range from solo piano to chamber music, from music of living composers to fortepiano and historical performance.
“As a child in Colorado, I grew up doing MTNA competitions. This wonderful organization has sustained me throughout my entire life. I am truly grateful to contribute back to the group to which I owe so much,” she says.


Roger McVey Roger McVey, NCTM
Roger McVey Roger McVey, NCTM, is professor of piano and chair of keyboard studies at the University of Idaho. He performs frequently and is a dedicated advocate for contemporary music. Roger has served MTNA as the Idaho state competitions chair, commissioned composer chair, and local chapter president as well as a competitions judge.
“I’ve been involved with MTNA since my days as an undergraduate student. I truly cherish this organization! The learning opportunities, the professional resources and the network of colleagues, have all crucially important to me and my students. I look forward to serving as Northwest Division director,” he says.


South Central Division

Michael Dean Michael Dean, NCTM
Michael Dean, NCTM, is immediate past president of Oklahoma MTA and maintains an active schedule as a soloist, duo-pianist, collaborative artist, piano teacher, workshop clinician and adjudicator. He served on the faculty of the Wheaton College Conservatory and Oklahoma Baptist University, where he served as chair of the music division.
“Throughout my career I have benefitted immensely from MTNA’s educational, professional and artistic programs and the many resources it provides. I am impressed with its ability to encourage and advance music teachers at all stages of the profession. I am thankful for this organization full of passionate colleagues and friends,” he says.


Timothy Smith Timothy Smith
Timothy Smith is professor of piano/music theory at Arkansas Tech University. He holds degrees from Indiana University and St. Olaf College. Smith has held numerous positions in the Arkansas MTA including president and treasurer. He maintains a studio of pre-college students and is organist/co-music director at his church. He is an active collaborative pianist in the region and was awarded Arkansas Teacher of the Year in 2011.
“As a young pianist, MTNA was synonymous with the competition. As I began teaching, I realized its true value—connections, high standards, professionalism and leadership development. I hope to further serve the organization,” he says.


Southern Division

Victoria Fischer Faw Victoria Fischer Faw, NCTM
Victoria Fischer Faw, NCTM, served as president of North Carolina MTA, leading them to recognition as the 2020 MTNA State Affiliate of the Year. The 2022 MTNA Teacher of the Year and an MTNA Foundation Fellow, Vicky is co-creator of the first virtual local MTA. Professor emerita at Elon University, she established the first North Carolina undergraduate piano pedagogy degree program. Her teaching career spans all ages and levels, including independent and academic. She’s an accomplished performer and scholar, with presentations at local, state and national venues.
“As Southern Division director-elect, my goal would be team building via facilitating connections and serving our community through active and accessible leadership. Southern Division Rocks!” she says.


Washington Garcia Washington Garcia
Washington Garcia is the dean of the School of Music at Stetson University. He is the recipient of the “Condecoración Dr. Vicente Rocafuerte,” the highest Cultural Achievement Award given by the Ecuadorian National Assembly, and is a Kennedy Center Fellow. He has served on the boards of Opera Omaha, the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, the Nebraska Medical Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic. Washington maintains an active career as a soloist and lecturer.
“I’m an avid supporter of the transformative impact that MTNA continues to have in the musical landscape throughout the United States. I hope to strengthen the bridges of collaboration in the Southern Division,” he says.


Southwest Division

Hannah Creviston Hannah Creviston, NCTM
Hannah Creviston, NCTM, is keyboard area coordinator, director of the Community Music School, coordinator of class piano and director of piano pedagogy at Arizona State University. She currently serves as Arizona’s chair for college faculty and collegiate chapters and advisor for the ASU Collegiate Chapter.
“MTNA is about community, one in which we are continually learning from and being inspired by one another. In my current administrative roles, I have learned the importance of listening and would welcome the opportunity, as Southwest Division director, to listen to and be challenged by your aspirations, needs, passion and knowledge.”


Paula Manwaring Paula Manwaring, NCTM
Paula Manwaring Paula Manwaring, NCTM, is a music educator, arranger, published author and composer. She attended Brigham Young University, studying under Robert Smith, and has enjoyed teaching piano for the past 45 years. Paula currently serves on Utah MTA’s State Board as immediate past president.
“MTNA is the catalyst in my life that brings more understanding, depth and genuine care for others as we musically serve one another, our students, and communities. The love, respect and positive energy felt each time we have the opportunity to come together for a meeting, performance or social gathering is shared and felt by all,” she says.


West Central Division

Vanessa Cornett Vanessa Cornett, NCTM
Vanessa Cornett, NCTM, is professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. She represented the West Central Division on the nominating committee and has served on the MTNA e-Journal editorial committee and national conference program committee. She currently serves as the vice president-membership for the Minnesota MTA and is a member of the MMTA wellness forum and Foundation board of directors.
“MTNA has been my professional lifeline for many years. I am grateful for the outstanding teaching, mentoring and friendship of its wonderful members, and I would be honored to represent the West Central Division,” she says.


Jason Sifford Jason Sifford, NCTM
Jason Sifford, NCTM, is a freelance pianist and teacher based in Iowa City, Iowa. He is also a composer for the Willis Music Company and the Footliters’ Traveling Playhouse, a children’s musical theater project of the City of Coralville. He is a past president of the Iowa Music Teachers Association, was honored as Iowa’s Foundation Fellow for 2023, and most recently served on MTNA’s National Certification Commission.
“MTNA has been at the center of my teaching career for over three decades, and I would love the opportunity to give back to the organization that has meant so much to me,” he says.